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David Balfour 

Posted by Administrator Friday, January 23, 2015 10:33:00 AM

We have been finding out about David Balfour. We are making our role play area into David Balfour's house which means we need to find out about how the Victorians lived. We made tiles for the fireplace in Art and Ian helped us make the fireplace itself.

Farming in Shapinsay 

Posted by Administrator Monday, January 12, 2015 3:32:00 PM

This week our focus is the farms in Shapinsay. We have been doing lots of different things.

Finding information about farming using books and the internet:

Making a model farm (Waltness Farm in Shapinsay):

Making farm animals that we find in Shapinsay:

Exploring farm games on the internet:

We found these websites about farming in Shapinsay.

Beef farming in Shapinsay

Balfour Castle

Combining in Shapinsay

Cattle Shipping

David Balfour 

Posted by Administrator Tuesday, January 06, 2015 4:10:00 PM

Our new topic is David Balfour. He was very important in Shapinsay and we want to find out why. We have talked about what we already know and what we would like to find out. Hopefully we can visit Balfour Castle and other important places.

Some of us have been trying to draw Balfour Castle accurately.


We want to make models of some of the farms in Shapinsay. We made a plan to help us.

We have decided to try to make our role play area into a room from David Balfour's time. He lived in Victorian times. Ian is helping us make the fire place.


Posted by Administrator Wednesday, December 17, 2014 4:00:00 PM

We have been learning about the story of Christmas. We made a display of the Nativity by drawing the people and animals. Then we wrote the story from each perspective.


In Art we made Christmas trees from hessian and felt with Miss Angier.


Posted by Administrator Thursday, December 04, 2014 3:56:00 PM

We have been learning about the Jewish festival of light - Hannukah. We read the story of the Maccabees and learned about the miracle of the oil.

P3 researched how Hannukah is celebrated.

We made latkes using potatoes, eggs and flour. Then Ian fried them for us - Hannukah food is usually fried to remind Jewish people about the miracle of the oil. They were yummy!

We listened to Hava Nagila while we were eating - it is a Hebrew song that means "Let's Rejoice".

Independent Learning Time 

Posted by Administrator Tuesday, December 02, 2014 4:25:00 PM

We work hard in ILT - here are some of the things we've been doing.

Using loom bands - we have been making lots of things and we have also taught Miss Clements and Ian how to make things too.

Experimenting - we are trying to make crystals. These form in the same way as stalactites in a cave (like our role play area). Nothing has happened after one day - we are not sure how long it will take!

Making a fireplace with the nursery children - we did well with the brick pattern.


Posted by Administrator Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:23:00 PM

We have been learning how shadows are made. We made shadows using the projector and we realised that shadows are made when an object blocks the light. What shadow shapes can you make?


Posted by Administrator Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:15:00 PM

We have been learning about the Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali. We have learned about the story of Rama and Sita, made diva lamps from clay and designed Rangoli patterns. We also made samosas (see the latest news page).

Then we worked together to make a display our some of our favourite pieces of work:

Testing Reflective Materials 

Posted by Administrator Monday, November 10, 2014 5:12:00 PM

Now it is dark when we leave school we are all wearing our reflective jackets, but none of the toys had one so we tested different materials to find out which ones would be best and made them some jackets to wear so that they would be safe too.

We had to choose materials and test them by shining torches to see if they were reflective. We had to make sure our tests were fair too and that we answered the challenge.

It got a bit messy but we had fun too!

Seeing in the dark 

Posted by Administrator Friday, November 07, 2014 3:44:00 PM

We have been experimenting to see whether we can see in the dark. We had to try reading our names in different places. We found out that we could see our names in the classroom and under the table with the cloth over it, but not in the dark cave.

We found out that you can't see anything at all in the dark. This is because light from a light source bounces off objects and then into your eye so you can see it.

We also wanted to know whether carrots can help you see in the dark. We looked it up and found out that carrots contain Vitamin A which can help you to see better in dim light if you don't have enough Vitamin A already. Nothing can help you see in the dark other than a light source though.

We found this song too - we liked it! View it by clicking here.

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